Despite a global recession, IT has continued to remain a growing sector, even during the recession period. Networking, in particular, has seen a rapid growth.
The U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics has ranked network systems analysts as the second fastest-growing profession, and predicts a 53.4 per cent job growth during 2008 to 2018.
The demand, however, still outpaces the supply of certified networking experts. Fred Weiller, director of marketing for Cisco Learning, sees a “talent gap between business needs and people with the right skills.”
According to the consulting firm IDC, 66 per cent of managers believe that IT certifications improve the overall level of service and support offered to end users. Three out of four say certifications are crucial to team performance. Weiller also reveals a 2009 PayScale figure demonstrating a standard salary premium of 10 to 20 per cent upon certification.